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Summer is the time of year where everyone’s itch to travel becomes more severe. Whether you get the entire summer to yourself, or have to plan with limited vacation days from work, check out these U.S. cities that are a must visit as the weather gets warmer.

San Francisco, CA

Travel around this 49 square mile city in an iconic cable car, or walk across the infamous 1.7 mile long Golden Gate Bridge. As one of the most photogenic cities in America, you are sure to find a sight that pleases you. If picturesque views are not your cup of tea, San Francisco offers a variety of museums and tours, including a historic inside look at Alcatraz, the floating prison in the middle of the bay.

 

Boston, MA

A city rich in early American history, Boston is littered with landmarks. In fact, the Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile long path marked with red bricks paving your way past 16 significant locations in relations to America’s independence. Famous for it’s baked beans, lobster, clam chowder, and cream pies, Boston is sure to satisfy any foodie.

 

Chicago, IL

Known for much more than just delicious, deep dish pizza, Chicago is a city full of art and architecture. A visit to the city is not complete without stopping at Millenium Park to see the Cloud Gate, notoriously known by most as “the bean,” a stainless steel masterpiece showcased in the park. For the daredevil in all of us, a visit to the Willis Tower’s SkyDeck will allow you to step out on to a glass-bottom ledge that hovers 104 floors above the city.  

 

Denver, CO

Sitting 5,280 feet above sea level, a trip to “Mile High City” is sure to be filled with adventure this summer. While winter snow brings tourists eager to ski to Denver, there is still plenty to see and explore in the summer months. From 16th Street Mall shopping to a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater, to the many museums and gardens the city has to offer, you’re sure not to be bored this summer.

 

Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe is a city rich in culture and art. Canyon Road is perhaps one of the most well-known art gallery rows, home to reputable artwork, wood carvings, Navajo treasures, and much more. After you are done procuring fine art, head to the Plaza for markets, concerts, and fandangos.  

 

Nashville, TN

Nicknamed “Music City” for a reason, there is no shortage of honky-tonk entertainment to catch in Nashville. Broadway is the most well-known street in the city center, home to dozens of bars that feature live music and their own unique theme throughout. Many of the bars pay homage to country music’s most famous stars, from Johnny Cash to Jason Aldean. In fact, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry are just a few establishments you’ll want to visit on your tour of country music legends this summer.